Historic Cain's Ballroom Guitars
Made from the original flooring from the legendary Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, these guitars were hand-crafted by Roger Cowan of Dog Tired Guitars.
Built in 1924 by Tulsa entrepreneur Tate Brady, The Cain’s Ballroom has gone from a garage, a dime-a-dance joint and a dancing academy until it became what is known by artists and patrons alike as one of the top performance venues in the world today. As The Home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys from 1935 to 1942, the ballroom was especially significant for popularizing a new sound of western music called western swing, a form of country and western that combined jazz, hillbilly, boogie, blues, big band swing, rhumba, mariachi and jitterbug music. Weekly dances, a midnight radio show and a daily noon-hour program were played by Bob Wills during what are remembered as his “glory years.”
These guitars are not only an amazing piece of Tulsa music history, but finely crafted instruments. The slats are joined tongue and groove as they were laid on the original floor. The star inlays with mother of pearl center pay homage to the neon centerpiece and disco ball above Cain's floor and the original mill name can be found on the backsides. The necks are also made from the Cain's floor and have bird's eye maple fretboards. The pickups were hand-wound by guitar luthier T.J. Spear of Scatterwound Sound, based in Tulsa, OK.
Only one of these guitars will be available for sale to the public exclusively through Tulsa Band & Guitars and the other will be raffled off on March 31st, 2018 with proceeds to benefit Tulsa Public Schools music programs!
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